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Forest Spirit (made with Recycled Materials) by Pickleweasel360 Forest Spirit (made with Recycled Materials) by Pickleweasel360
This was created for the recycling and reusing contest at #projecteducate :iconprojecteducate:
You can find more entries here: projecteducate.deviantart.com/…

Recycled materials:
Bailing Twine taken from old rolls of hay was used for crocheting the body of the deer.
Branches that fell from a tree (not sure what kind) were taken to use as antlers
Ivy Leaves that were cut off when mowing were used to make the bushy tail.
Moss from the roof of our storage building was used to create spots and a bit of velvet around the antlers.
Grass seeds/strands were used to create the thick hair around the neck.
Beads taken from a broken bracelet were used for the eyes.

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I wasn't sure about entering this contest. Especially since its an all artisan crafts contest. The details that you can get with other crafts (such as clay) often blows crochet things out of the water. However, you had to use recycled materials for this, so I figured why not give it a shot.

Choosing what recycled materials was a bit tricky. What exactly counts as recycled? I could take yarn from an old project and use it, but wouldn't it just be what I usually do, but with used yarn? Yea probably. So I tried to get as far away from anything I had in the house, besides the beads from a broken bracelet I had. (I was going to paint rocks, but couldn't find any small round ones)

I still wanted to crochet something, but with recycled materials. So I grabbed some old bailing twine from the hay rolls used a few years ago. There were two colors, but a mint green deer wouldn't look very good haha. The rest of the objects were taken from within 20 feet of my front door.

This was influenced by a deer I made a few weeks ago: With it however, I could simulate nature, but for this project I actually wanted to use nature.

This was a lot of fun!
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sinapsys1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Joder! This is cuper coool!
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Chookums Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You've done really well with this guy! Your choice of materials really makes him a forest creature. Especially the moss! I've never heard of miss being used before in an amigurumi piece! 

Good luck with the contest :)
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You should not have doubted yourself, this is WONDERFUL!
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Feather-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is really really cool! I love your creations, they're always so neat!
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MartianRaindrop42 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats pretty cool!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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RTakeshi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful use of natural materials. I'm very impressed!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D It was fun to use different materials for this :)
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onlyRa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!
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Pickleweasel360 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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